Phil is a dinosaur– a type of modern theropod.
You know what wasn’t a dinosaur?
Plesiosaurs were more closely related to modern lizards and snakes than to dinosaurs, but we popularly think of them as marine dinosaurs.
Phil is actually a small aquatic dinosaur,who can fly (short distances and not when he’s molting).
Ivan actually fits the bill a bit better:
Somewhere a long the line people never learned that birds are living dinosaurs, and that all these bizarre expeditions to find living dinosaurs in remote parts of the world have been an utter waste of time.
Dinosaurs are all around us.
They crap on our cars.
They appear in our fast food.
And their songs wake us up in the morning.
If you have a dog that is used to hunt birds, you have a dinosaur hound.
And whether those bearded fellows from Louisiana want to admit it or not, they’ve spent their lives trying to understand how to attract and conserve several species of duck-billed dinosaur.
I don’t know why not knowing that birds are actually dinosaurs doesn’t just blow people away.